MORE acts have been announced for this year's Grassington Festival, which runs from June 17 to July 2.

Supporting the inimitable and iconic Marc Almond for the Last Night Party on July 2, will be 80s punk princess Toyah Willcox.

Toyah rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, quickly becoming a household name as a result of her distinctive style, and memorable top ten hits; It’s a Mystery, I Want to be Free and Thunder in the Mountains.

The award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, will return to Grassington Festival for the sixth consecutive year, with a magical outdoor performance at Bolton Abbey Priory on Friday, July 1.

Fittingly, in the centenary year of the birth of Roald Dahl, Illyria have been able to secure the rights to perform Dahl’s much-loved classic, Danny Champion of the World.

The festival will also welcome back talented West End actress Kathryn Pogson.

Last year, she delighted audiences at the Festival in the Field by narrating for the enchanting classical premiere, Song of the Sea that Was and this summer, she will to read poetry with Skipton Building Society Camerata, as part of their concert, The Last Summer, which honours the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

It will be a unique event, combining the music of the great British composers with the poetry of the Great War poets, to create an exceptional evening of reflection and beauty. The concert will be held at Bolton Abbey on Sunday, June 26.

On Friday, July 1, the penultimate night of the festival, one of the most continuously successful bands to have originated out of the UK Punk scene, The Stranglers, will perform. Its biggest hits No More Heroes and Golden Brown, are two of the most iconic songs of all time.

Grassington Festival is also to host its first Friends Dinner next Thursday, February 18, at Grassington House Hotel. ‘Friends’ receive prior notification of all festival announcements, can take advantage of early booking and receive a VIP discount card which can be used within businesses around Grassington. Places are still available at the dinner.

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